- The body of one of the murder accused in Andile 'Bobo' Mbuthu's case was found on Thursday, 1 April
- Mlungisi Thabathe sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body which was found slumped over in his car
- Thabathe was reportedly the owner of the venue that Mbuthu allegedly stole alcohol from which he was brutally murdered for
28-year-old Mlungisi Thabathe was found dead in his car in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal. Thabathe was one of six men accused of the brutal killing of 16-year-old Andile 'Bobo' Mbuthu last year in KZN.
Reports say that Thabathe was killed in a drive-by shooting, an alleged hit on Gopalall Hurbans Road on Thursday, 1 April. In a statement, Reaction Unit South Africa stated that Thabathe was travelling when occupants from another vehicle opened fire with high-calibre rifles.
Thabathe was the owner of the venue which Mbuthu had allegedly stolen alcohol from. Thabathe was released on bail last year after approaching the Durban High Court. This after he was denied bail by a Magistrate's Court for allegedly intimidating witnesses.
According to a report by IOL, Thabathe also ran his family's taxi business and it is suspected that his murder may possibly be linked to the taxi industry. A community member told the publication that Thabathe was attempting to escape from his vehicle. He was unable to do so and was shot dead.
Paramedics revealed that Thabethe was the only occupant of the vehicle and had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body. He was declared dead on the scene.
TimesLIVE reported that Thabathe's vehicle was shot a number of times before it came to a stop. His body was found slumped on the passenger seat.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Mthokozisi Ntumba was shot at close range. An IPID (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) investigator revealed that Ntumba had been shot at close-range with a rubber bullet.
Ntumba's postmortem results revealed that he died due to a firearm injury to his chest. Reports say that Ntumba's body was found on the pavement with three bullet wounds. The court heard that the officers had shot at students inside a building.
The students and Mthokozisi did not pose any threat. According to the IPID affidavit, the students and Ntumba took off in different directions. A witness pointed at Ntumba and the accused looked at him before leaving the scene.
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